Madison Hardee published this op-ed in The Charlotte Observer about the damage to low-income people from the Trump Administration's sharp cuts to "navigators" who help people enroll in the Affordable Care Act's health insurance plans.
Recent activities show that Congressional Republicans have not abandoned their legislative goals of rolling back the ACA and block granting Medicaid even while the Trump Administration has shifted this year to undermining our health care safety net through Medicaid waivers, regulatory retrenchment and litigation.
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau reveal poverty and uninsurance rates declined in 2016 as a result of successful government programs. However, far too many people still live in poverty, lack opportunity, and face structural barriers.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) currently covers over 8 million low-income children in working families with income too high to qualify for Medicaid. But without action from Congress, this program will expire at the end of September 2017.
On the Family and Medical Leave Act’s (FMLA) 24th anniversary, CLASP commemorated progress while recognizing workers and their families need for far more support. This includes access to health insurance as well as the paid leave that enables them to use it.
CLASP is delighted to join others in breathing a sigh of relief that Medicaid and the ACA will continue to provide health insurance for children, families, young adults, people with disabilities, senior citizens, low-wage workers, and so many others.